Otto Holdings (Aust) Pty Ltd
Castle Hill, NSW Australia
1999 National Trust Heritage Award, Tourism Category
1999 The NSW Tourism Council Award for Excellence in Tourism
1999 The RAIA Award for Architecture Conservation and Adaptive Reuse
1999 Engineering Excellence Award
Jackson Teece’s multidisciplinary approach was fundamental to exploring and solving many of the problems presented by this iconic and complex project.
Laying a stable foundation of planning groundwork, Jackson Teece completed a detailed feasibility assessment that required open consultation with the NSW state government, local councils and heritage authorities to gain the necessary approvals.
Of course, a daring project of this scale was not without its challenges. Convincing interested parties that an innovative and unique tourist operation could be installed without compromising the international heritage significance of the Harbour Bridge was no small feat. The design also needed to ensure that the operation would be commercially viable and accepted by a discerning Sydney public. Jackson Teece, as team leader, far beyond the roles typically expected of an architect, was instrumental in procuring essential facets of the project. Guided by the Conservation Management Plan, operations and installations ran smoothly without affecting the busy surrounding infrastructure.
A detailed composition with tourist wellbeing at front of mind, the project included the installation of safety systems, tourist arrival, briefing and retail facility fitouts inside the bridge’s heritage archways, and a modern expansion of the Harbour Bridge Pylon Museum.
Ultimately, it was a successful undertaking that brought the heart of Sydney a little closer to visitors from both home and abroad.